4,709. 3/9/2003

On March 9, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell “went on to restate another key [Bush] administration talking point about how we had previously underestimated Iraq’s nuclear capabilities. ‘We have to be a little careful about nuclear weapons programs,’ Powell warned. ‘We saw the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] almost give Iraq a clean bill of health in the early 1990s, only to discover that they had a robust nuclear weapons program that they had not discovered.’ ”

 – Scott McClellan, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, Page 6

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